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Postby ruthlesshunters; Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:35 am EQ Queries

I've got a couple of questions to ask on EQ

1. On EQ plugins (each one I have) there is an existing 'output' or 'gain' db knob
I know this will increase the output of your equalization but what really is the point of this is the EQing is already engaged?

2. I sometimes see one EQ being used straight after another on producers fx strips, what is the use in EQing right after another beforehand?

thanks in advance for any answers/opinions
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Postby BertKoor; Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:34 am Re: EQ Queries

1. If you carve off a lot (most engineers rather cut than boost) it's nice to compensate with a bit of extra gain so you don't have to adjust the mix.

2. not all EQs are EQual ;-) Horses for courses...
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Postby DJ Warmonger; Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:25 pm Re: EQ Queries

I sometimes see one EQ being used straight after another on producers fx strips, what is the use in EQing right after another beforehand?

It's just preference and can add some clarity to project. usually one EQ is enough, but you may want to seprate them just to have better overview.

For example I tend to use one EQ for mid/side rolloff and the other for differential equalization.
Another possibility is to have one static EQ and the other automated for fade effects.
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Postby bbaggins; Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:08 pm Re: EQ Queries

The output control is there to allow you to compensate for volume changes that result from equalization.

If you have a big EQ boost it'll raise the overall volume, so you have to compensate to make sure your actions really improved the sound or just made it louder. It's easy to get fooled because louder generally sounds better. Conversely, you may need to boost the overall level to compensate for a big cut.

Using two EQs in series lets you give broad boosts or cuts in one and precise, surgical adjustments in the other. You might want to notch out some low-frequency resonances, for example, but still bring up the overall low end. It can also be helpful if you need to make a lot of changes but your equalizer has a limited number of bands.

Personally, I never do this simply because it's an unnecessary complication and I use an EQ that can have more bands than I'll ever need.

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